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Trump backs Brexit; says UK would be better off without EU

“I think the migration has been a horrible thing for Europe. A lot of that was pushed by the E.U.,” says Republican front-runner Donald Trump  

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has backed Brexit, saying the United Kingdom would be “better off without” the European Union (E.U.), a stand contrary to the views of United States President Barack Obama.

However, Mr. Trump said it was his personal view and he would want the country to make its own decision.

“I think the migration has been a horrible thing for Europe. A lot of that was pushed by the E.U.,” Mr. Trump told Fox News.

It’s my personal view

“I would say that they’re better off without it, personally, but I’m not making that as a recommendation. Just my feeling,” the White House aspirant said.

Mr. Trump’s comments came two weeks after Mr. Obama urged Britain to stay in the E.U. when it votes on June 23.

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump had criticised Mr. Obama for supporting British Prime Minister David Cameron in his campaign for Britain to remain in the E.U.

“I know Great Britain very well. I know, you know, the country very well. I have a lot of investments there. I would say that they’re better off without it. But I want them to make their own decision,” the 69-year-old tycoon-turned-politician said.

His comments carry weight

Mr. Trump’s comments carry weight as he is now alone in the White House race in the Republican party and his being crowned as the presidential nominee at the Cleveland convention in July is now only an formality.

Britain will vote to leave the E.U., termed as Brexit, in a June 23 referendum.

Mr. Cameron on Thursday stood by his criticism of Mr. Trump’s vow to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. However, he said the billionaire property tycoon “deserves our respect” for his victory in one of the most contentious nomination battles in generations.

‘Surprised by Paul Ryan’s rebuff’

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump has said he is surprised by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s declaration that he wasn’t ready to support Mr. Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Mr. Trump told the Fox & Friends news show the rejection doesn’t bother him. Still, he says, Mr. Ryan’s refusal to swing behind him is “not a good thing” and “something the party should get solved quickly.”

Mr. Trump said he was meeting with Mr. Ryan next week, possibly on Wednesday. As for whom he wants to be his running mate, he has said that the person will have to be a Republican, not a Democrat.


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